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e. e. cummings (1894-1962)

Picasso


              1Picasso
              2you give us things
              3which
              4bulge: grunting lungs pumped full of sharp thick mind

              5you make us shrill
              6presents always
              7shut in the sumptuous screech of
              8simplicity

              9(out of the
            10black unbunged
            11Something gushes vaguely a squeak of planes
            12or

            13between squeals of
            14Nothing grabbed with circular shrieking tightness
            15solid screams whispers.)
            16Lumberman of the Distinct

            17your brain's
            18axe only chops hugest inherent
            19Trees of Ego,from
            20whose living and biggest

            21bodies lopped
            22of every
            23prettiness

            24you hew form truly

Notes

1] Picasso: Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881-1973), a painter from Spain then best known for co-establishing in 1907, with George Braque, the Cubist movement, which often presented different geometrically-shaped, angular perspectives of a subject simultaneously. Sergei Diaghilev, the Russian impressario, had Picasso design ballets in 1917.

19] eec's autograph correction closes up printed ", from" in the Berg Collection copy.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: XLI Poems (New York: Dial Press, [April 11,] 1925): 27. Firmage A5, Berg Collection, New York Public Library. Autographed copy.
First publication date: 1925
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/12

Form: mainly quatrains of variable-length lines
Rhyme: unrhyming


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